Bugatti T35 is definitely one of the most famous and successful racing cars of all times. The car was produced from 1924 through 1927 and raced on the top level until the beginning of 1930s. Over 400 models were sold making T35 the foundation of motor racing for many years. Among the victories of Bugatti Type 35 there are five consecutive Targa Florio races from 1925 to 1929, many major Grand Prix events and hundreds of wins in many less prominent races. T35 debuted at 1924 ACF Grand Prix. 35A which appeared in 1925, as well as T35C were powered by the same 2.0 L engine as initial T35. The Type 35C featured a Roots supercharger, despite Ettore Bugatti’s disdain for forced induction. Output was nearly 128 hp. Type 35B of 1927 was the final version of the Type 35 series. The 35B was powered by 2.3 L engine appeared first on 35T in 1926 but added a large supercharger like the Type 35C. Output was 138 hp. One of the legendary Bugatti drivers was British William Charles Frederick Grover-Williams, who raced using the alias “W Williams”. Grover-Williams resided in Paris and in 1926 he began his racing career with Bugatti. He won French Grand Prix in 1928 and 1929, and drove Bugatti T35B to victory in the inaugural Monaco Grand Prix in 1929. In May 1930 Grover-Williams entered his works Bugatti T35B, painted in British racing green, in XXI Targa Florio race held in Madonie road circuit near Palermo, Sicily. Williams was 6th after 4 out of 5 long Madonie laps, but was exhausted and for the last lap was replaced by Albert Divo, who retired his own Bugatti after 2 laps due to broken axle. Divo eventually finished 7th, in 24 minutes behind the winner, Achille Varzi in Alfa Romeo P2. The model of Williams’ Targa Florio car is the conversion based on IXO Bugatti model from Altaya “100 ans de sport automobile” collection. The conversion was made by Brian Phipps.
|1930||Grand Prix||Targa Florio|
|William Grover-Williams||42||Automobiles Ettore Bugatti|
|1:43||IXO / Brian Phipps|